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Notice Summary

Title:
United Kingdom-Inverness: Adventure Tourism Business Support
Document Ref:
436278-2019
Document Type:
Contract Notice - Open Procedure
Published By:
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Date Published:
17 September 2019
Deadline Date:
31 October 2019
Document Source:
Framework/DPS:
No
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Notice Abstract

The sustainable growth of adventure tourism is a strategic priority for HIE and our ambition is to accelerate business growth across targeted cohorts of adventure tourism businesses. Delivery of the project will focus on the creation of up to 5 place-based cohorts across the Highland Council geography. The programme will seek to work with not only established businesses, but also micro businesses and aspiring businesses looking to start up in the sector. Through the provision of intensive support, the aim is to enable participant businesses to collaborate to create scale in a global sector where the Highlands has a natural competitive advantage.Phase 1 of the programme will focus on the design and build of an innovative and inspirational programme that will stimulate ambition, reflect international best practice and further develop business capability, growth and competitiveness, followed by Phase 2, recruitment, management and delivery of the programme.

Notice Details

Contract notice

Directive 2014/24/EU - Public Sector Directive

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting Change entity

I.1) Name and addresses

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

313

An Lòchran, 10 Inverness Campus

Inverness

IV2 5NA

UK

Telephone: +44 1463245245

E-mail: hieprocurement@hient.co.uk

NUTS: UKM6

Internet address(es)

Main address: http://www.hie.co.uk

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA00313

I.2) Joint procurement

The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body

I.3) Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge at:

http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk


Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address


Tenders or requests to participate must be sent electronically to:

http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk


I.4) Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local agency/office

I.5) Main activity

Economic and financial affairs

Section II: Object

II.1) Scope of the procurement

II.1.1) Title

Adventure Tourism Business Support

Reference number: O175

II.1.2) Main CPV code

79411100

 

II.1.3) Type of contract

Services

II.1.4) Short description

The sustainable growth of adventure tourism is a strategic priority for HIE and our ambition is to accelerate business growth across targeted cohorts of adventure tourism businesses. Delivery of the project will focus on the creation of up to 5 place-based cohorts across the Highland Council geography. The programme will seek to work with not only established businesses, but also micro businesses and aspiring businesses looking to start up in the sector. Through the provision of intensive support, the aim is to enable participant businesses to collaborate to create scale in a global sector where the Highlands has a natural competitive advantage.

Phase 1 of the programme will focus on the design and build of an innovative and inspirational programme that will stimulate ambition, reflect international best practice and further develop business capability, growth and competitiveness, followed by Phase 2, recruitment, management and delivery of the programme.

II.1.5) Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 189 000.00 GBP

II.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: No

II.2) Description

II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)

79410000

79400000

79411000

73220000

80510000

80532000

II.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS code:

UKM6

II.2.4) Description of the procurement

It is expected that these services will be required from January 2020 for a period of 3 years. The 3-year budget available to deliver this service is between 150 000 GBP and 189 000 GBP (excluding VAT). This figure includes venue hire, residential costs for participants, teas/coffees, lunch, dinner (where appropriate), alumni events and generic T&S.

The project is a component of Highlands and Islands Enterprise’s Northern Innovation Hub (NIH) which is funded from the UK and Scottish Government’s City Region-Deal. The Northern Innovation Hub covers the Highland Council local authority region and therefore this programme will only be delivered across the Highland region and not the full Highlands and Islands Enterprise region.

II.2.5) Award criteria

Criteria below:

Quality criterion: Cyber security / Weighting: Pass/Fail

Quality criterion: Understanding / Weighting: 10 %

Quality criterion: Management and delivery methodology / Weighting: 30 %

Quality criterion: Management and delivery team / Weighting: 20 %

Quality criterion: Risks and challenges / Weighting: 10 %

Quality criterion: Added value and innovation / Weighting: 10 %

Price / Weighting:  20 %

II.2.6) Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 189 000.00 GBP

II.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 36

This contract is subject to renewal: Yes

Description of renewals:

The contract will be awarded for a period of 3 years.

II.2.9) Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

II.2.10) Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: No

II.2.11) Information about options

Options: Yes

Description of options:

HIE reserves the right, on giving reasonable written notice from time to time, to require changes to the Services (whether by way of the removal of services, the addition of new services, or increasing or decreasing the services or specifying the order in which the services are to be performed or the locations where the services are to be provided). HIE shall not require any such change other than where it is permitted by Regulation 72 of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015.

In accordance with Regulation 72(1)(a) of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015, HIE reserves the right to make changes to the volume, scope or location of the Services following a review of the services by HIE, particularly with regard to demand.

Where HIE determines (at our sole discretion) that demand for the programme in 1 potential cohort is lower than expected, HIE reserves the right not to start that cohort or establish another cohort in an area where there is already a cohort, but sufficient demand exist.

II.2.13) Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No

II.2.14) Additional information

Economic operators may be excluded from this competition if they are in any of the situations referred to in Regulation 58 of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1) Conditions for participation

III.1.1) Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

List and brief description of conditions:

Not applicable to this procurement exercise.

III.1.2) Economic and financial standing

Minimum level(s) of standards required:

4B.5 It is a requirement of this contract that bidders hold, or can commit to obtain prior to the commence of any subsequently awarded contract, the types and levels of insurance indicated below:

— employer’s (compulsory) liability insurance = 5 000 000 GBP for each and every claim http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/hse40.pdf

— public liability insurance = 5 000 000 GBP in aggregate,

— professional indemnity insurance = 1 000 000 GBP in aggregate.

4B.6 (not scored)

HIE as a public body must comply with HMRC IR35 provisions. Therefore, where you are bidding as a personal service company (PSC) or will be using a personal service company to provide services under the framework please identify these PSC(s) in your response to 4B.6.

III.1.3) Technical and professional ability

Minimum level(s) of standards required:

Not applicable to this procurement exercise.

III.2) Conditions related to the contract

III.2.2) Contract performance conditions

Contracting authorities may lay down special conditions relating to the performance of a contract, provided that they are linked to the subject-matter of the contract.

Those conditions may include economic, innovation-related, environmental, social or employment-related considerations.

Bidders shall propose Key performance indicators (KPIs) and service levels as part of their submission. These will be further developed with HIE following contract implementation. The supplier is required to ensure that the management and delivery of services is to the agreed performance levels which will be monitored and measured by a variety of reports, surveys and audit systems.

III.2.3) Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1) Description

IV.1.1) Type of procedure

Open procedure

IV.1.8) Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: Yes

IV.2) Administrative information

IV.2.1) Previous publication concerning this procedure

Notice number in the OJ S:

2018/S 159-364602

IV.2.2) Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 31/10/2019

Local time: 12:00

IV.2.4) Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted

EN

IV.2.6) Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 3 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7) Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 31/10/2019

Local time: 12:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1) Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: Yes

Estimated timing for further notices to be published:

HIE reserves the right to re-tender for these services upon termination of the contract or at the end of the contract period, including any extension period.

VI.2) Information about electronic workflows

Electronic ordering will be used

Electronic invoicing will be accepted

Electronic payment will be used

VI.3) Additional information

The figure in II.15) and II.2.6) is the maximum available budget for the 3-year contract (ex VAT).

Where relevant, bidders are required to provide information relating to consortia (2C1 of ESPD) and/or subcontractors (2C1&2D.1) with the relevant supporting ESPD documentation being submitted.

ESPD 2A.3 (not scored) Where relevant, bidders are required to insert details of their companies house (or equivalent) registration number.

ESPD 2C.1 Where relevant, bidders are required to provide information relating to consortia and/or subcontractors with the relevant supporting ESPD documentation being submitted.

ESPD 3D.12 Bidders should refer to the ‘Conflict of Interest’ Section within the scope of requirements when completing this question.

Award criteria scoring — Question 1 cyber security will be evaluated using the criteria as per scope of requirements and tender guidance notes.

The remainder of the award criteria will be marked according to the following criteria:

0 — Unacceptable: nil or inadequate response which fails to demonstrate an ability to meet the requirement.

1 — Poor: response is partially relevant but generally poor. It addresses some elements of the requirement but contains insufficient/limited detail or explanation to demonstrate how the requirement will be fulfilled.

2 — Acceptable: response is relevant and acceptable. It addresses a broad understanding of the requirement but may lack details on how the requirement will be fulfilled in certain areas.

3 — Good: response is relevant and good. It is sufficiently detailed to demonstrate a good understanding and provides details on how the requirements will be fulfilled.

4 — Excellent: response is completely relevant and excellent overall. It is comprehensive, unambiguous and demonstrate a thorough understanding of the requirement and provides details of how the requirement will be met in full.

Tenders must be submitted via the PCS postbox and must be received by the published deadline. Late tenders will not be accepted and HIE will reject any submissions received after the deadline. Email or hard copy responses will not be accepted.

PCS also gives suppliers access to an online question and answer facility which allows queries to be submitted (anonymously) and answers published and shared with all potential bidders.

Note: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland website at https://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=593431

The buyer has indicated that it will accept electronic responses to this notice via the Postbox facility. A user guide is available at https://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/sitehelp/help_guides.aspx

Suppliers are advised to allow adequate time for uploading documents and to dispatch the electronic response well in advance of the closing time to avoid any last minute problems.

Community benefits are included in this requirement. For more information see: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/info/InfoCentre.aspx?ID=2361

A summary of the expected community benefits has been provided as follows:

Community benefits will not be evaluated as part of the tender process but bidders are expected to provide a community benefit proposal as part of their tender detailing how, if awarded the contract, these will be addressed. Please refer to the scope of requirements for further details.

(SC Ref:593431)

Download the ESPD document here: https://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/ESPD/ESPD_Download.aspx?id=593431

VI.4) Procedures for review

VI.4.1) Review body

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

An Lòchran, 10 Inverness Campus

Inverness

IV2 5NA

UK

Telephone: +44 1463245245

E-mail: hieprocurement@hient.co.uk

Internet address(es)

URL: http://www.hie.co.uk

VI.4.3) Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

An economic operator that suffers, or is at risk of suffering, loss or damage attributable to a breach of duty under the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015 or the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 , may bring proceedings in the Sheriff Court or the Court of Session.

VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice

13/09/2019

Current Notes